ANOTHER VISIT TO THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Last summer I wrote another post on the American Museum of Natural History .

I returned to the museum , which takes up 3 blocks of Central Park West from 78th to 81st streets in New York City, to see some exhibits that I didn’t see the first time.

This being New York , where everything is big and spread out , there was a lot of things that I didn’t see.

Monkeys, history of peoples, dinosaurs and Theodore Roosevelt Hall were some of the things that I didn’t get to see the first time .

As I’m not a fan of the satellites and planets, the world famous Hayden Planetarium wasn’t on my list of things to see.

I didn’t see the planetarium the first time, so why would I want to see it now and get really bored?

No, thanks, I’ll pass on that solar system thingy.

The dinosaurs with the names that I can’t pronounce is more my speed.

There was one exhibit with a raptor or some other tyrannosaurus that was so big and long that its head stuck out the door.

I don’t think that I need to tell you that selfies were in full effect and I wasn’t the only one taking a selfie with what ever this animal was.

This section was full of little schoolchildren, who were confused as to whether they were in a playground or a museum.

I knew it was time to move onto another area of the museum so I went to the Theodore Roosevelt Hall, which is on the first floor and named after the former president who was one of the first American politicians who was interested in conservation .

This is one of the museum’s that all those travel guidebooks say that you must see while you’re in New York City .

They aren’t wrong.

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MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD

A great big thank you to my girl and fellow blogger Hunida at Hunida’sBlog.com for nominating for this award, which is for amazing bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging. These bloggers write with love and passion for their blog.

Definately follow Hunida’s blog, she is passionate about so many things.

I personally love her cooking recipes, her tips on things to do in my favorite city, her home town of Las Vegas and her monthly recap.

RULES FOR MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD

Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog

Answer the questions given to you by the person who nominated you

Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

Nominate other people to receive this award, if they chose to participate

Notify nominees by commenting on their blog

Share a link to your best post (s)

Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one funny or weird question (specify)

5 QUESTIONS FROM HUNIDA

Weird/Funny Are you Able to Poop in Public Restrooms?

Ha, Ha. No comment.

What Are Your Favorite Foods in the Breakfast Category ?

Being the New York City gal that I am, bagels with cream cheese and lox, I also like sausages with eggs and grits (my folks were from North and South Carolina, we ALWAYS had that!)

What Is your favorite brand of pen or pencil?

No particular favorite pen as I don’t use them that often and as for pencils, a good old number 2 pencil does the trick.

Do you use a laptop, cell phone or tablet to blog?

A tablet, which I’m using now.

What do you do if you have a really bad headache ?

Luckily , praise God , I don’t get them that often . When I do get them it’s because I haven’t eaten in awhile. So I’ll eat something and it goes away.

MY NOMINEES, and remember if you choose not to participate , no problem

1. Keen from GoldilocksLifestyleTravel

2. Shinavy from Shinavy’sBlog

3. Gretel and Kyle from GKexplorers

4. Katy from Forresting365

5. Nathaniel from Travelingpeoples.com

6. Yubellis from FamilyoftheTravelingPants

7. Tashnee from TashneeV Mavee

8. Hayley from Voyages of Mine

9. AnnaAurora from Annas Little Thing

10. Swati from Swati Awana

Check out these blogs when you get a chance. There is something for everyone .

MY 5 QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

1. Have you ever experienced blogger blues?

2. What is your least favorite city and why?

3. Favorite thing to do while traveling ?

4. If you could me meet any famous person past or present who would it be?

5. Weird/funny If you were stuck on a desert island by yourself, what would you do to entertain yourself?

3 THINGS ABOUT ME

1. Being late is a big pet peeve of mine

2. Can eat salads and fruit all day no matter what the season is

3. My favorite adult beverages are Fireball Whiskey, Jack Daniels Honey or Jim Beam Vanilla with cola or ginger ale, Mimosas or in the summer, Pina Coladas or Amaretto Sours.

MY FAVORITE BLOG POSTS

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sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/some-tips-for-watching-a-game-for-the-first-time-in-person

Thank you again, Hunida for nominating me and thank y’all so much for following and liking my little blog.

GOD BLESS YOU

RIDING ON THE NUMBER 1 TRAIN PART 1

Today was very nice here in New York and I decided to go on a 30 Plus Teams Tour of the New York City subways .

I decided to go today because the next couple of days here in the city are supposed to be very bad with hail and a tornado watch, something that we usually don’t get here in New York .

I know that I have to take care of some business on 66th Street and Braodway, which is where you get off for Lincoln Center, Central Park and all those shows filmed live at the ABC Television Studios.

I’m walking up to 79th Street for another visit to the American Museum of Natural History , but after that I have no idea where my tour on the number 1 train is going to take me.

The train is a local train, making every stop from South Ferry station all the way up to the Riverdale section of The Bronx at 242nd Street .

Eventually , I got off at 157th Street and Broadway, but there’s so many things to see at every station, so that’s why my post on the number 1 train will have two parts.

Every station even has art and this being New York City , even the sidewalks have some kind of weird looking art.

I can tell you, though, if you want to visit Columbia University at 116th st or Grant’s Tomb at 121st, this is the train that you’ll take.

Enjoy your ride.

REVISITING THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART AND THE MET BREUER

Last summer I wrote a post on the largest museum in the city, let alone the country, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and its sister museum, the Metropolitan Museum Breuer , which features modern art.

I stated that I really wasn’t that big a fan of Modern Art , and visiting that museum showed me just why I didn’t like it.

It was a very nice day yesterday and since I was close to where both museums were located, I decided to give the Met Breuer another try as well as go back to the Met, which I really love to go into as there’s so much to see.

I’m glad I did.

They had an exhibit in the Met Breuer that took up two floors of the museum.

I figured that since it did take up two floors, it must be good.

The exhibit was about the human body in art from ancient times until now.

I wasn’t disappointed and I found myself staying at the Met Breuer longer than I did the last time .

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is two blocks away and they always seem to have a lot of new exhibits , so I figured I was going to visit this museum again.

I could definately spend the whole day in this museum and still not see everything , that’s how big it is.

This time I only stayed two hours as I was getting tired and hungry.

Needless to say, this museum didn’t disappoint me.

The Costume Institute wing of the museum had an exhibit on Fashion and the Catholic Imagination .

It was clothes from well known designers and a lot of them were very beautiful and elegant.

However, as a Catholic myself, some of the clothes I found in very poor taste, almost sacreligious.

The museum now has a new policy of paying what you wish.

Some of you who have visited this museum are shaking your heads.

It was always pay as you wish, you say.

True, but now if you live in either New York , New Jersey or Connecticut , and can show your id showing that, you actually do pay what you wish.

The rest of you have to pay full price to see the museum.

No matter what you have to pay, one visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art , and its sister museums, The Cloisters and Met Breuer just isn’t enough .

WALKING DOWN PARK AVENUE LIKE I OWN IT

No, not really.

I can though, cross another thing off my bucket list.

It’s number 133, walking down Park Avenue like I own the place.

The area of Park Avenue where I began my journey is the part of Park Avenue that people relly don’t know and really don’t associate with Park Avenue.

It’s the upper East side of Manhattan .

I began my journey at 97th street and ended it on 82nd street and Park.

There really wasn’t that many people walking on this part of Park Avenue, but it wasn’t empty either .

This is New York City , after all .

In all fairness, it’s not as crowded as the more well known streets of Park Avenue are.

Those streets are 42nd all the way up to 57th Street, and those streets are very crowded.

You won’t find a subway on Park Avenue, you have to go one block over to Lexington Avenue to find one.

Some of you who have been to New York City may say that you have taken a subway train on Park Avenue .

Yes and no.

There is a train that leaves from Grand Central Station on 42nd street and 125th street on Park Avenue .

It’s the Metro North train, and after the train leaves 125th Street on Park, it continues onto cities in Westchester County and Connecticut .

If you want to make a day of it , let’s say to New Haven, Connecticut , the Metro North train is the train you have to take, and you have to go to Park Avenue to get it.

While you’re on that 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City , or even if you aren’t , make it a point to visit Park Avenue .

Just remember to walk down the street like you own it!

RIDING THE Q TRAIN

This is one subway line that I don’t ride that often, if at all.

The Q train is one of the oldest subway lines in the city.

The train used to begin in Queens at Ditmas Boulevard, run through Manhattan , and then go all the way to Brighton Beach in Brooklyn .

It doesn’t leave from Queens anymore.

It still goes to Manhattan and ends in Brooklyn .

It begins at 96th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan .

The Second Avenue part of the train makes stops at 72nd, 86th, and 96th Streets on Second Avenue .

New Yorkers of a certain age, like myself, remember when the city fathers talked about having the trains run on Second Avenue, but it never happened.

It would have made it easier for those of us who lived in either Brookkyn or Queens to take this train if we worked or went to school on the upper east side, which is what Second Avenue is.

It finally happened a few years ago and the stations are beautiful and very unique .

My own 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City took me to two of the stations, 86th and 96th Street, which is the last stop.

There’s art everywhere .

If you look above you on two of the stairways are the words , “Excelsior” and “E Pluribus Unum.”

Excelsior is the word you see on the state of New York flag and since 1776, E Pluribus Unum has been the motto of the United States .

It means “Out of many, one”.

Also, in case you don’t know what subway line you’re riding, look on the staircases on

the downtown and uptown sides of the subway.

The sign spells out The Second Avenue Subway.